Master Drawings New York celebrates Mexican muralism with a special in-person panel and exhibition…


New York, NY… On Friday, January 28 at 10 a.m., registered attendees will enjoy a lively discussion on Mexican muralism and the artists who marked this period in Mexico and the United States.

War dominated the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Europe. New political ideologies – socialism and communism – also added tensions. Art responded by focusing on the ordinary man and woman in natural and urban settings.

The Americas have also been affected by calls for change. In Mexico, a decade-long revolution offered Mexico the opportunity to recognize its pre-Hispanic past with a new mixed-race population. Art became the medium to elicit emotions and proudly share epic tales of how this mixed world would take shape.

The Mexican muralism movement embraced European traditions of drawing and fresco painting with a social realism and new aesthetic that swept across North America.

Join the moderator, Savona Bailey-McClain, Executive Director of the West Harlem Art Fund are:

Esther Adler, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, MoMA

Leon Tovar, director, Leon Tovar Gallery, New York

Dr. Orlando Hernández-Ying, Rockefeller Brothers Fund Conservation Researcher for the Hubert & Mireille Goldschmidt Works on Paper Fellowship, Hispanic Society Museum & Library

Attendees will also see a special exhibit curated by the Hispanic Society Museum and Library. A selection of nearly two dozen drawings will be exhibited among the collections of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library. These drawings were executed by artists as preparatory drawings for other works of art, such as frescoes, tapestries, paintings and architectural-sculptural ensembles.

This exhibition will complement the drawings by Jose Clemente Orozco recently donated to the Hispanic Society and will also feature earlier drawings by Rafael Ximeno y Planes and Juan Rodriguez Juárez.

To give visitors a clearer idea of ​​the vast and diverse holdings of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library, the exhibition will also feature drawings by notable artists from the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America from the 17th to 20th centuries, including Jusepe de Ribera and Bartolome Esteban Murillo. , Alonso Cano, Francisco Goya and Lucientes, Joaquin Sorolla and Bastida and Francisco (Pancho) Fierro.

400 Years of Master Drawings from the Hispanic Society Museum and Library was curated by Marcus Burke, Senior Curator, Paintings and Drawings, Hispanic Society.


Esther Adler Esther Adler is curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Museum of Modern Art. His exhibition Joseph E. Yoakum: What I Saw is on view at MoMA through March 19, 2022 and will travel to The Menil Collection in April, after opening at the Art Institute of Chicago on June 12, 2021. Most recently, she curated Betye Saar: The Legends of Black Girl’s Window (with Christophe Cherix, 2019), Charles White: A Retrospective (with Sarah Kelly Oehler, 2018) and Charles White—Leonardo da Vinci. Organized by David Hammons (2017). Her previous projects include Dorothea Rockburne: Drawing Which Makes Itself (2013), American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe (2013) and Gifted: Collectors and Drawings at MoMA, 1929–1983 (2011).

Leon Tovar is the director of the New York gallery Leon Tovar Gallery which promotes and presents the best examples of Latin American modernism. In 1990, Mr. Tovar opened his first location in Bogotá, Colombia, with a presentation of the work of Sol LeWitt and Bernar Venet, followed by exhibitions on Josef Albers, Carlos Rojas, Luis Camnitzer, Dennis Oppenheim and Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar. In 2002, Mr. Tovar moved his operation to New York’s Upper East Side, where he was among the first galleries to exhibit the geometric, kinetic, optical and constructivist tendencies practiced by avant-garde artists from Latin America. His expertise in the field was informed by his personal relationships with many artists, including Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jesús Rafael Soto, Carlos Rojas, Edgar Negret and Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar, as he worked to increase the visibility of Latin American art and its place in a global discussion of modernism.

Alongside his role as gallery director, Mr. Tovar has provided advice to museums, auction houses, collectors, curators, appraisers and artists, and served on selection committees for fairs. of art ARTBO and ARCO Madrid. His published articles appear in publications such as Summus and Revista Credencial, and he was a guest panelist in Latin American Art Now (2017), Art, Nationality, and Global Modernism (2018), and Where is Latin American Art? Center Stage (2019), all hosted by TEFAF New York. Léon Tovar is a member of the ADAA.

Dr Hernandez Ying has devoted more than 20 years to museum work and college teaching. His trajectory includes several positions at institutions such as MoMA, the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and the New Orleans Historical Collection in the United States. In his native Panama, Dr. Hernández served as National Museum Coordinator and Chief Curator of the National Museum of Anthropology, where he oversaw 18 state museums and led salvage efforts for a collection of approximately 16,000 archaeological artifacts from ancient Panama. His teaching trajectory includes universities such as NYU, CUNY, Tulane University, and the National University of Panama.

His academic background includes a master’s degree in museum studies from NYU and a doctorate in art history and criticism from Graduate Center City University in New York. Recently, Dr. Hernández has collaborated with the Dallas Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in research projects associated with ancient gold from the Isthmo-Colombian region. Currently, he is on the curatorial team of the Hispanic Society of America as a Rockefeller Brothers Fund Curatorial Research Fellow for the Hubert & Mireille Goldschmidt Works on Paper Fellowship, Hispanic Society Museum & Library.


Savona Bailey-McClain is a Harlem-based curator and arts administrator. She is Executive Director/Chief Curator of the West Harlem Art Fund, which has held high profile public art exhibitions throughout New York City for 20 years, including Times Square, DUMBO, Soho, Governors Island and Harlem. His public art installations encompass sculpture, drawing, performance, sound, and mixed media, and have been widely covered by The New York Times, Art Daily, Artnet, Los Angeles Times, and Huffington Post, among others. She is a host/producer of “State of the Arts NYC”, a weekly podcast program on Podyssey, Radio Public, Youtube, Mixcloud and other audio platforms. She is also a member of ArtTable, NYC Dance in Sacred Places, the International Sculpture Center and the Governors Island Advisory Council.CURATORSHIP OF EVENTS

Dr. Marcus B. Burke holds an undergraduate degree in English from Princeton University, an MTS in Church History from Harvard, as well as an MA and Ph.D. in Art History from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, where he also served as an Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts. He has also served on the faculties of Columbia University, Yale University, NYU Institute of Fine Arts, SUNY Purchase, Southern Methodist University, University of Texas, Stephen F. Austin State University (Texas), Saint Peter’s College, Rutgers, the Masters in Decorative Arts from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and Bard Graduate Center. Dr. Burke has taught hybrid history and studio classes on Old Master materials and techniques as well as more traditional art history classes.

From 1974 to 1977, Dr. Burke held a J. Clawson Mills Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he later co-curated the 1990 exhibition, “Mexico City: Splendors of Thirty Centuries.” He has been a guest curator at the Art Museum of South Texas, the Davenport Museum of Art, and the Heckscher Museum of Art, as well as a consultant for many other museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s recent exhibition on Latin American colonial history. American. art. He was chief curator and associate director of the Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, from 1985 to 1988. He is currently senior curator of the museum department of the Hispanic Society of America in New York.

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Friday, January 28, 10 a.m.


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